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Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor: The Best Has Yet To Come

 

Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor: The Best Has Yet To Come

By Greg Cirillo (contributing writer) – www.brooklynfights.com

August 25, 2017

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Welcome fight fans to the inaugural edition of “The Neutral Corner”, brought to you by BrooklynFights.com and The Notorious Boxing Club.

What you are about to read is a pre-fight analysis of the much anticipated and once improbable Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor matchup, taking place this Saturday August 26th. As a former fighter and Professional Boxing trainer, I will be going over some technical analysis and breakdowns of how I believe this fight will play out. Enjoy!!!

On August 26th, this bout that will be fought in a highly technical style. Yep! I said it! You are going to see something different but not something we haven’t seen before. In fact, it was just a few years ago that we saw a fighter who has similar attributes of Conor McGregor.

I’m talking about no other than the great Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez. Martinez was anything but basic.

Like McGregor, he was a southpaw fighter that often fought with both hands by his waist side and with his chin up in the air. He had swagger and his confidence was unmeasurable. He would circle the “wrong” way against a conventional stance fighter (into the right hand) while keeping his lead foot in the wrong place, and then stepping inside the “danger zone” against many of his opponents (the orthodox pocket).

Yes, I’m describing the former Middleweight Champion of the world. Now before you chuckle, let’s get something straight yet again:

Edited photo courtesy of @dlgimagecreations

Edited photo courtesy of @dlgimagecreations

I am not saying McGregor is 1/10th the boxer that Martinez was, but what I do believe is we’re going to see a Floyd Mayweather exploit McGregor, the same way as I thought he would have done (every accuracy punch in the ring), if he faced Martinez, multiplied by 100.

In this fight, you will see Mayweather do something that he hasn’t done in years: walk his opponent down. You will not see a “Pretty Boy” or a “Money May”; but what you will see is a lion, stalking his prey, and capturing it with no mercy.

Mayweather will tuck his chin into his shoulder, ala his much used “PHILLY-SHELL”, and walk McGregor down. Not to roll punches thrown at him and move, but to tactically close the distance needed to foil McGregor’s power range. McGregor isn’t keen at fighting off his back foot, even though he’s what called a “counter striker” in MMA.

Fight fans must first understand the distance in which Mayweather will keep is not at the end of McGregor’s left hand, but a distance where McGregor would shoot for a take down in an MMA fight. This will be a range that McGregor has never boxed at before. On this level of fighting, he would be more comfortable throwing a knee or an elbow, but not his left hand. If Mayweather were to do this he will make the Irishmen panic a bit. It will take away the power hand because he will be moving backward and basically smothering his offense. From this angle, you will see Mayweather shoot his highly accurate right-hand and pivot into his crisp left-hook, ala what he did to the great Arturo Gatti (RIP). I don’t think Floyd will roll his punches as he would against a conventional fighter.

Photo courtesy of @MattHeasleyPhotography

Photo courtesy of @MattHeasleyPhotography

McGregor’s fighting style is something unique. His rhythm and movement will be the furthest thing from typical. The shoulder roll, off the “PHILLY-SHELL” is something that Mayweather can and will take advantage of in this type of fight. The shoulder roll is something that works best off anticipation of punches and in this case the punches will be difficult to roll because they will be so unorthodox.

The shoulder roll is something that works best off anticipation of punches. Therefore, a tight shell with a grounded base, will do the job just as good without the risk of thinking you’re rolling a hook or a jab and it somehow turns into something “MMA-ish”, for lack of terminology. A lot of “catch and shoot combos”, followed by “short steps”, and “combinations” is what will take place in this fight.

Mayweather will be throwing a ton of lead left hooks from a point in which his feet do not appear to be in position to launch. McGregor, on the other hand, will be looking to use his legs to faint; he will be looking to show Mayweather a “false sense of distance” by bouncing in and out of what he believes is his range and dip his big toe in the pocket, while trying to land that one final knockout punch, that “Powerball” and “Lottery Punch.”

Mayweather will continue to remain composed and dispatch his opponent in a “crowd-satisfying manner.” His well-placed punches to the body will stop the myth of McGregor and showcase the mental and physical weakness of his opponent.

While I like and respect McGregor’s skill set and gifts, he just doesn’t have enough tools on his tool belt to get the job done. The flamboyant and mix-martial arts purist will look to switch stances, mid-offense, including using his left jab from an orthodox stance, bringing his foot forward to his southpaw stance, while trying to sit down and fire his much-vaunted straight left hand. I believe he will look to set traps in the form of throwing a weak right jab knowing Mayweather has made a living countering over it, and then shoot his straight left.

photo courtesy of Xavier Porter - www.brooklynfights.com

Barclays Center, Brooklyn (photo courtesy of Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com)

The problem here is that whatever trap he sets up will fail and he will fall on blind eyes. It has shown time and time again that Mayweather’s (49-0, 26 KOs) opponents have failed and ended up suffering from what I call “paralysis by analysis.” Before each round is over, Mayweather has successfully landed over 50% of his punches. This calculates his opponents’ ratio of throwing and not landing any punches, let alone finding yourself sitting in your corner, on your stool, exhausted, tired, asking yourself “WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?”

MMA – UFC mentioned: Conor McGregor has the worst defensive efficiency ratio of any active UFC Champion. His go to defense relies on pulling back and stepping over to try and get separation for counters. When you have a horrible defense going against one of the most, if not the most, accurate fighter of our generation it doesn’t make for a good combination even if he is half the fighter he was.

My fight analysis:

Toronto

Toronto

Expect “Money” to walk down McGregor, on the right-side, forcing McGregor to reach across his body with his left hand, while several openings will be laid out for fight fans to see. Mayweather’s deceptively long, stabbing jab to the body will thwart McGregor throwing from what I like to call a “THROW AWAY RIGHT HOOK.” Mayweather will land the lead jab to get his opponent’s body, just to move towards exposing his opponent’s weaknesses.

McGregor will retire on his stool round 5. The competitive, poised, but vicious “dog” that only true boxing insiders know about Floyd is going to come out. Conor has quit before and he will quit again knowing he can’t touch TBE even though he’s 40. I see another Floyd vs Gatti with some added theatrics and MMA style punches, some chatter, some karate stances etc. Don’t be surprised if you see Conor leave his feet to land a punch. This is a spectacle and it would be oh so fitting.

God bless, stay sharp, and enjoy the biggest fight in sports/entertainments history.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is a 12-round super welterweight matchup that pits the legendary boxer Mayweather against the all-time MMA great McGregor in an unprecedented event that takes place Saturday, August 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event telecast is produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV and promoted by Mayweather Promotions.

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